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Brighton Beach

Take time out from the pulse of the city to relax in the calm waters of one of Melbourne’s most picturesque beaches.

Brighton Beach is actually a generic name for three different parts of Port Phillip Bay. Upper Brighton Beach leads into Middle Brighton Beach, known primarily for its historic sea baths and iconic pier. But one of the main attractions is undoubtedly Dendy Street Beach, whose famous beach huts have made it one of the most photographed locations on this picturesque stretch of coastline.

These brightly painted huts, or “bathing boxes”, date back to the Victorian era, when sea bathers protected their modesty by changing in privacy. The heritage-protected boxes are still in use today, with annual licences highly sought-after among local families seeking a convenient and novel base on the beach. The modest wooden-framed structures are all built to the same practical design, with weatherboard sides and corrugated-iron roofs, but have been decorated in highly individual styles and striking colours. Weekends in particular are a good time to stroll along the beach and maybe catch a quick glimpse inside the occupied huts.

Brighton’s three beaches are all patrolled by lifeguards and the waters are generally calm, making them popular and safe places for bathing. The grassy foreshore provides plenty of recreational opportunities, from picnicking to ball games, while separate walking and cycling paths along Port Phillip Bay offer wonderful panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline on one side and the ocean on the other.

Brighton Beach is situated in the upmarket suburb of Port Phillip Bay and is easily accessible by bus or via the Sandringham train. Alternatively, it’s around a 30-minute drive from the centre of Melbourne and there is a pay car park nearby. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and drinking water, as the sun can get very strong, especially in high season.

Popular Activities at Brighton Beach

How about making your time spent at Brighton Beach even more unique? Don't forget to try out a few of these activities:

Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Moonlit Sanctuary & Seal Rocks Day Tour is one of the interesting experiences available here.

For many more activities, have a look at our Brighton things to do page.


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Brighton Savoy SG$130
Brighton Savoy

Brighton Savoy

150 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Brighton hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Albert Park Lake are also within 6 miles (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is 10 minutes by foot and Brighton Beach Station is 18 minutes.

    Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode
    Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode

    Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode

    16 Victoria Street, Brighton, VIC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Brighton, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also within 6 miles (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is 12 minutes by foot and Brighton Beach Station is 20 minutes.

      Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton SG$123
      Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton

      Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton

      3 Male Street, Brighton, VIC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Brighton Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also within 6 miles (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is only a 2-minute walk and Brighton Beach Station is 18 minutes.

        Quest Brighton on the Bay SG$127
        Quest Brighton on the Bay

        Quest Brighton on the Bay

        250 Esplanade, Brighton, VIC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the bay, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Brighton Beach and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from St Kilda Beach. Elwood Beach is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. Middle Brighton Station is 15 minutes by foot and North Brighton Station is 23 minutes.

          Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose
          Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose

          Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose

          1/12 Grosvenor Street, Brighton, VIC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also within 6 miles (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and North Brighton Station is 22 minutes.

            Brighton Beach Bayside Beauty
            Brighton Beach Bayside Beauty

            Brighton Beach Bayside Beauty

            6/32 Bay Street, Brighton, VIC
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Brighton, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Elwood Beach and Brighton Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also within 3 miles (5 km). North Brighton Station is 18 minutes by foot and Middle Brighton Station is 23 minutes.

              Bold and Beautiful in Brighton
              Bold and Beautiful in Brighton

              Bold and Beautiful in Brighton

              8/26 Outer Crescent, Brighton, VIC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Brighton, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also within 6 miles (10 km). North Brighton Station is 6 minutes by foot and Middle Brighton Station is 18 minutes.

                Brighton Bay Apartments
                Brighton Bay Apartments

                Brighton Bay Apartments

                197 Bay Street, Brighton, VIC
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Brighton Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Elwood Beach. St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are also within 6 miles (10 km). North Brighton Station is 5 minutes by foot and Gardenvale Station is 17 minutes.